Domaine Masson Blondelet
Domaine Masson-Blondelet 17 Pouilly-sur-Loire Chasselas, fresh, typicalDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Pouilly-sur-Loire Chasselas, better, fresherDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Sancerre Rosé, complex, fine, smokey, Melanie likes this after 18 months in bottle and we therefore took a stand on the 17 last summer, and get the 17 from us while you canDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Sancerre Blanc “Thauvenay,” fine, cool, mineralDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Pouilly Fume “Les Angelots,” vibrant, mineralDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Pouilly Fume “Villa Paulus,” bigger, tight, not as much finesseDomaine Masson-Blondelet 18 Pouilly Fume “Pierres de Pierre,” salinity, floralDomaine Masson-Blondelet 15 Pouilly Fume “Clos Paladi,” full, rich, fineDomaine Masson-Blondelet 14 Pouilly Fume “Tradition,” mature, boringDomaine Masson-Blondelet 15 Pouilly Fume “Tradition,” fresher, better, more balancedDomaine Masson-Blondelet 15 Sancerre Rouge “Thauvenay,” skinny, dry, not much fruit left
Overall this was a memorable/productive visit and tasting. We have a gem here. The lesser wines are the best value-for-money as is usually the case in our travels. If you are a restaurant or retailer reading this, you ought to put on an event where you taste guests on each of the three soil types in Pouilly Fume using each of this Domaine’s three releases – We have a transcript from what was an interesting but “too poor of sound quality” podcast episode for you to use, which you can access here. Want a custom cover for your event? Call our California office and ask for Logan.
Domaine Bigonneau 18 Pinot Gris Rosé, typical aromatics and flavors, crisp, very good, we reserved all avail production (this is technically not a Rosé, btw even though it looks the part!)Domaine Bigonneau 18 Reuilly Blanc, easy, fine, great valueDomaine Bigonneau 18 Quincy, step up, more concentration and complex, very goodDomaine Bigonneau 16 Reuilly Rouge, lovely Pinot aroma and fruit, we reserved everything availDomaine Bigonneau 17 Reuilly Rouge, fuller, fatter, perhaps less focused, we reserved everything avail
Cash flow permitting we will probably just buy a full container to save on logistic costs (remember this is the middle of nowhere). Our only complaint in the past was the packaging and WOW have they stepped that game up! Well done Virginie!
Monmousseau 18 Rosé d’Anjou, bright, deep, ready early FebMonmousseau NV Cremant de Touraine “Cuvee JM” Brut, the category defining Touraine Cremant, nice balance, magnums available which is funMonmousseau NV Cremant de Touraine “Cuvee JM” Brut Rosé, rounder, more strawberry, prettyMonmousseau NV Cremant de Loire “Brut Zero,” well made, bone dry, interesting but probably not something that would have pull so a no for us.Monmousseau NV Cremant de Loire Brut, mostly sourced from Touraine which gives this a bit more personality than most in the category, full, goodMonmousseau NV Cremant de Loire Rosé, pale color, slight yeastiness, one more g/L of dosage than the regular Brut.